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 Reception June 2020

Parents and Carers

Thank you to all my families who have worked so hard with our wonderful Reception children over the past few weeks.

It has been a very challenging time for everyone and I hope that the work I gave you in the children’s ‘Special Books’, the weekly activities put on this Web Page and the paper copies you were able to collect, helped support you as you became the teacher.

We are all now beginning to take a few careful steps out of  lockdown and following the Government guidelines.

One of these steps is to allow a few more children back to School, including our Reception children and it is lovely to hear that I will be welcoming some of our children back in the Foundation Stage Unit.

Over the next 8 weeks, I will be in School every day and therefore, even if your child is not returning to School at the moment, please get in touch with me if you need any support or a chat 😊.

In light of the changes at School, I will now be changing how I plan the work for your children. Activities will be planned in a two week block around a book or a theme. I will put a smaller amount of work on my Web Page and instead provide paper copies of work, which can be collected from School and used at home.

Those children who are attending School, will do the work with the FS Staff, whilst they are at School and therefore those families will not need to collect the packs.

Each time a pack is ready, I will send a message to the families who need them. 

A link to the main story will always be provided and I will signpost you to some other good activities I find.

As we take these next steps together, I will keep checking in with you.

Take Care

Mrs Cartwright-Fretwell

Have a look at these websites!


Alpha Blocks – Early Years

CBeebies – Early Years

Number Blocks

Click to play the game

Nursery Rhymes and Songs - Medleys

Purple Mash

All of your children can get onto You can log on with the password I sent home.

I will set some work every week, which you can find on your 2 do’s. Have fun!


Please send me an email and let me know how you are. It will be really great to hear from you.

What do I do?

1 Go onto Purple Mash

2 Type in the password I sent home for Purple Mash

3 On the Home Page in the search bar put in 2Email

4 Click on the icon 2Email and send me a message


Please keep reading with your grown-up. Grown-ups your child needs to keep reading with you so they do not forget what they already have learnt. Remember that Phase words are in the front of the special home book. Thank you and keep enjoying bedtime stories

Message to our Reception Children

It is really exciting that I will be able to see some more of my Reception children soon and the Foundation Stage grown-ups have been busy getting everything ready.

Even though all of us will not be back together yet, please remember that I am very proud of how you have all been working at home.

Keep trying hard and remember to listen to your grown-ups  

Mrs Cartwright-Fretwell 👍❤


Summer Term – Second Half

Over the next eight weeks, the work for our Reception children will be planned on these books and themes.

Communication and Language

Over the next few weeks as we introduce the new themes and stories, it will really help your child, if you encourage them to re-tell the stories using their own words. Developing children’s vocabulary and helping them have the confidence to put thier thoughts into words, is so important for Reception children.

Children Singing. Boys And Girls Singing Together Happily. Cute ...

Sharing songs together is great, because the children have fun and songs are fantastic for developing language!


Our children will soon be ready to move to Year 1 and therefore we need to work together to support them with their writing skills, especially learning to write their name correctly. We can also build their confidence to write words, by sounding out the letters with them.

Phase 2 Sound Button Word Cards (SB1070) - SparkleBox


Number recognition is really important. At the end of Reception we aim for our children to name the numbers 0-20, when the numbers are shown one at a time.

0–20 Numbers Set Bulletin Board: Scholastic Teacher's Friend ...

Counting objects is really important, so please, as I know you are already doing, count together in many different ways e.g. when you climb up steps, the number of plates you put out for dinner and how many jumps you can do in a minute. Even better, show your child the number after, so they understand how the action and the number link together.

Thank you 😊


Week Beginning 01.06.2020

This week our work is based on the book

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

To start our work this week, share the story together. Do not worry if you haven’t got this book at home, you can listen to it on You Tube. Click to listen:

Goldilocks And The Three Bears PNG Transparent Goldilocks And The ...

These are some suggestions for fun activities to link with Goldilocks and the Three Bears


Pencil, Drawing, Stick Figure, Cartoon, Writing, Yellow, Beak ...

    • Write a letter to the three bears from Goldilocks.
    • Draw and label – What do you have for breakfast?
    • Draw and label – characters from the story.
    • What was your favourite part of the story? Draw and write about it.
    • Making a sorry card from Goldilocks to the three bears.
    • Write a sentence to describe your teddy bear.


3 Bowls | wmoc

    • Sort objects by size – small, medium, large.
    • Outdoor number walk (like the Three Bears). Grown-ups hide some numbers and let the children find them
    • Find the numbers hidden in some porridge and write them down when you find them
    • Match the spoon to the correct size bowl
    • Count the number of teddies in your home 

Expressive Arts & Design

Paintbrush - Cartoon Rainbow | Paint brushes, Rainbow, Cartoon

    • Paper plate bear faces
    • Create a bedroom – cut and stick pictures of furniture
    • Breakfast bowl – draw what you have for breakfast
    • Model challenge – can you create the bears cottage?
    • Toothbrush painting
    • Painting with kitchen utensils
    • Finger painting – add leaves on trees to make a forest picture
    • Colour mixing – Yellow and blue to make green for forest pictures
    • Make a moving bear, using split pins
    • Collage using hard, soft and rough materials

Make a rattle for baby bear to make him smile again

Doodle Baby Rattle Toy Play Object Royalty Free Cliparts, Vectors ...Doodle Baby Rattle Toy Play Object Royalty Free Cliparts, Vectors ...    Pin on Craft Ideas

Make a home for the 3 Bears out of Lego

How Lego Is Building a Non-brick Empire - Knowledge@Wharton

Understanding the World

Basic porridge

    • Cooking: make porridge, choose different toppings to go in it (raisins, honey, jam)
    • Cooking: Make bear face toast using blueberries and bananas.
    • Group discussion: Where do bears come from? Show on a globe, share facts about bears, show actual size of paws.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Song

Goldilocks and the Three Bears | Kids Learning Videos - YouTube

Another Bear story to enjoy

Peace at Last: Murphy, Jill: Books

After listening to the story, write down some of the sounds you can hear indoors and outdoors

Teddy Bear Picnic

Teddy Bear's Picnic Party by Songs For Children on Amazon Music ...

Enjoy the warm weather and have a picnic with your teddies

Purple Mash 2 do’s: 

2Dos Three Bears Chairs – What did the 3 bears look like? Which chair would Goldilocks prefer?

Click on the link below and it will take you to a folder called Goldilocks and the Three BearsOpen the folder and you will find some useful resources e.g. a PowerPoint of the story and numbers on bear paws. 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Activities

Gaynor and Jo Jingles – Fantastic news!

We are really pleased to say that School have agreed to pay for our families to access all of the Jo Jingles at home activities.

Grown-ups PLEASE register and join in. You will need to answer the 3 questions to let Gaynor know your child goes to Abbey Hill.

Jo Jingles.

Message from Gaynor

To join in with all the musical fun which takes place in a private face book group, all you need to do is click on the link below and please answer the question – which class do you usually go to? The answer is Abbey Hill. The link is below:

Gaynor has let us know who has been joining in with Joe. If you haven’t joined in yet, then please click on the link above.

Abbey Hill Primary and Nursery School